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Mini Tempo is Filatura di Crosa's beautiful new textured yarn, shelved between Elsbeth Lavold's Hempathy and Dyelot Yarn's Bamboo. All yarns in our cotton section are 20% off during the month of April.

Mini Tempo is Filatura di Crosa's beautiful new textured yarn, shelved between Elsbeth Lavold's Hempathy and Dyelot Yarn's Bamboo. All yarns in our cotton section are 20% off during the month of April.

Cotton Sale -- Think Spring!

As we write this, on the last day of March, the skies are gray and the sidewalks are icy. March seems to have come in like a lion and left like one too!

On the few springlike days we have had in the past two weeks, we have noticed a little spike in sale of cotton yarns. Yes, there are many of us who want to think of creating garments and accessories for warmer weather. And so to encourage you to think spring and warmer weather, we are offering our cotton and cotton-blend yarns (in our cotton yarn section) at 20% off during the month of April. We quickly counted 51 yarn lines in this section -- with a couple more arriving!

We have heard many of you say that you don't like knitting cotton because of the "splitting" or lack of "spring" usually associated with cotton or other plant-based fibers. We will honestly tell you which yarns have more or less of these not-so-desirable qualities.

For some of us, the other qualities of a given yarn may be worth putting up with a bit of split fibers or a stringy feel. However, the yarn industry has heard these complaints and has produced some lovely cotton and cotton-blend yarns that we believe are worth a try!

Jujuba sweater, knit by Helen in Phoenix Print

Jujuba sweater, knit by Helen in Phoenix Print

Jujuba Sweater in Phoenix Print

Phoenix Print by Trendsetter Yarns is one of the new yarns in the shop this spring. It is made of 66% viscose/34% cotton, and a 50-gram ball has 100 yards. It knits at 5 stitches to the inch on a #6 needle.It has a wonderful combination of a satin-like sheen and a matte finish, with texture. We have five colorways that are gorgeous!

Helen wanted to knit with Phoenix Print and knew that the colorways produced a striping effect. She did not want horizontal stripes, and, after digging on Ravelry, she found a great free pattern -- once again -- on the Berroco Web site. The pattern is called Jujuba, and the construction is so different than anything she had knit before, that she just had to try it. And we think the result was fantastic -- an interesting vertical striping effect. This very easy pattern is written for Seduce yarn by Berroco, which is being phased out. We have some stock of Seduce and many other yarns for you to use with this pattern. Helen is starting a new Jujuba, using Berroco's Linsey, that she plans to wear often at the shop.

Seven of the eleven top-selling products in our shop are not yarn!

Seven of the eleven top-selling products in our shop are not yarn!

Our Top-Selling Items

A little over three years ago, we brought in a point of sale (POS) program to use as our cash register. Primarily, we use the POS program to know whether to dig in the back storeroom for additional skeins of yarn for a customer. For that purpose, it works great.

The POS program can also easily report the twenty top-selling products in our shop. The first nine top-selling PLUs are categories, such as yarn, needles, books, etc. The remaining eleven are individual items. For those of you who like trivia -- but trivia that can also add to an understanding of the Belfast knitting/crocheting shopper -- we thought we would share our list of the top-selling items with you:

  1. 1. (By far!) Susan Bates Wafer Thin Markers
  2. 2. Susan Bates yarn needle (metal)
  3. 3. A colorway of Peace Fleece
  4. 4. Clover Locking Markers
  5. 5. Susan Bates 16" -- #8 circular needle
  6. 6. Susan Bates 16" -- #7 circular needle
  7. 7. A colorway of Gina yarn by Plymouth
  8. 8. Susan Bates Knit Check (needle sizer)
  9. 9. Another colorway of Gina yarn by Plymouth
  10. 10. Another colorway of Gina yarn by Plymouth
  11. 11. Inox double-pointed #2 needles (6" metal)

Thanks from KnitMaine-ia for the Community Knit-a-thon

Seventeen people joined the knit-a-thon for fuel assistance in March at St. Margaret's Church in Belfast. The youngest, baby Margot, brought many smiles dressed in her beautiful knitwear. There were dozens of projects being worked on, talked about and displayed; and $785 was raised for the Interfaith Fuel Fund. If you would like to donate, please make checks payable to GBAM Interfaith Fuel Fund, c/o St. Margaret's Church, 95 Court St., Belfast, ME 04915.

KnitMaine-ia Fashion Show is now on Facebook to keep you up to date on plans for the 5th Annual Fashion Show, a benefit for New Hope for Women. For more information, find them on Facebook.

Maine Quilt Shop Hop logo

Maine Quilt Shop Hop logo

Fiddlehead Artisan Supply Features Maine Quilt Shop Hop

During the month of April, Fiddlehead Artisan Supply will be one of the participating shops in the Maine Quilt Shop Hop. For more information, visit Maine Quilt Shop Hop or e-mail info@maineshophop.com.

Wandering Database Kick-off Party at Belfast Police Station

There will be a Wandering Database kick-off party at the Belfast Police Station on Friday, April 4 from 5-8 pm, with awesome goodies and cake. The party is to celebrate the launch of a new program that Chief McFadden, Linda Lee and others created in Belfast. The party will provide more information to the public and answer questions or concerns. Everyone is welcome to drop by.

The goal of this new program is to create a safety net for some of the most vulnerable individuals in our community, including those with Alzheimer's or autism. These individuals are prone to wander or bolt and may not know, or not be able to communicate, that they are in trouble. With this new database, an officer in his cruiser who has spotted someone out wandering will be able to instantly pull up a recent photo and key information, including the name the person uses, what triggers or calms the person, and contact information for parents, caregivers and/or caseworkers.

The idea for the program came about as a result of a conversation between Chief McFadden and Linda Lee, a parent of a teen with autism. Having a database available to identify individuals at risk and provide it to the fingertips of the officers in their cruisers seemed very attractive to Chief McFadden, as just a few nights previously, in near-zero weather, a good Samaritan had picked up a man in his eighties who was out wandering in his pajamas and slippers at two in the morning on a major road. Thankfully the man was willing to get into the stranger's car and was then brought to the police station.

If there is a person in your life who might wander or bolt due to cognitive issues, even those as young as two, or who would be unable to communicate that they were lost, you can enroll them at the Belfast Police Department or the Sheriff's office by filling out a simple form and providing a recent photo. School photos are perfect. If you do not have a recent photo, Chief McFadden in Belfast, or Deputy Sheriff Trafton in Waldo County, will come to your home and take a photo. Forms are also available online (click Wandering Database intake form), and can be brought or mailed with a recent photo to Chief McFadden or Deputy Sheriff Trafton.

For more information, phone Chief McFadden at 207-338-5255 or Deputy Chief Trafton at 207-338-6786. Also, see the article in the March 20, 2014 Republican Journal.

Penobscot Bay Singers

Penobscot Bay Singers

Penobscot Bay Singers Present Three Contemporary American Composers

The Penobscot Bay Singers are proud to perform works of three contemporary American composers for their spring concert cycle. For the Lenten season, a series of three motets by composer Robert Farrell will be performed. The work was published in 2012 and includes Adoramus Te, Christe, O Bone Jesu, and Jesu, Dulcis. For those looking to nature, Four Longfellow Settings by Daniel Gawthrop will tempt their musical palate. Four short poems by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, a famous Maine poet, have been set to music. They include Snowflakes, Aftermath, My Cathedral and Night. These settings were commissioned in 1999 by the Winchester, Virginia-area high schools. Steal Away and Live A-Humble round out the trio. These traditional spirituals have been arranged by third American composer Paul von Hippel in 1996 and 2002. They provide a new take on traditional music.

The Mount View Chamber Singers will once again be performing a selection of their a cappella songs for the second half of the concert. Each year the high school students from Mt. View join the Penobscot Bay Singers for a spring concert. David Stephenson, their director, says the students need to observe that adults sing in choirs for the pleasure of it. Both groups enjoy hearing each other sing, as will the audience. The poster for this concert was designed by Jarred Martin, a senior at Mt. View High School who participates in the Graphic Design program at Waldo County Technical Center.

The two concerts will be held on Saturday, April 5 at 7:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church, Miller Street, Belfast, and on Sunday, April 6, at 3 pm at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Court Street, Belfast. Suggested donation is $15.00. Children accompanied by an adult are always welcome at no cost. For further information, find them on Facebook or e-mail PenBaySingers@gmail.com. The Penobscot Bay Singers is a 501(c)(3) organization.

A scene from Agnes of God. Photo by Alexandra Chaplin.

A scene from Agnes of God. Photo by Alexandra Chaplin.

Agnes of God, a Belfast Maskers-Cold Comfort Theater Production

The riveting drama Agnes of God delves into the meaning of religion and its relationship to psychiatry through the controversy of pregnancy in a convent. This chilling psychological murder mystery features Katie Glessner as Doctor Livingstone (court-appointed psychiatrist), Chris Goosman as Mother Superior and Maggie Goscinski as Agnes, and is directed by Aynne Ames. This show has mature content and is not suitable for children.

Performances are:

  1. April 11: Emerson Hall, Castine, Maine
  2. April 12: Union Hall, Searsport, Maine
  3. April 17, 18 and 19: Belfast Boathouse, Belfast, Maine

All performances are at 7 pm.

For more information, phone the Belfast Maskers at 207-505-0199, e-mail them at maskers@roadrunner.com or visit Cold Comfort Theater/Belfast Maskers.

(The above article is from Belfast Creative Coalition.)

Loon at Avian Haven

Loon at Avian Haven

Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center Talk Concludes Winter Wildlife Series

On Tuesday, April 22, at 6:30 pm, the Belfast Garden Club and Belfast Free Library conclude their free winter evening program series, Wildlife Conservation in Maine, in Belfast Free Library's Abbott Room. The April 22 talk will be Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, presented by executive director and bird rehabilitator Diane Winn.

Avian Haven is one of the largest wild bird rehabilitation practices in New England, having treated more than 12,000 birds since 1999. 2012 was a record year: 1,571 birds from 124 species, from hummingbirds to bald eagles. The facility provides comprehensive medical care in a modern, well-equipped clinic, and rehabilitation in an environment designed to simulate natural conditions in specially designed buildings, including a new Pool Hall for aquatic birds. They provide research and education to other wildlife rehabilitators and wildlife professionals on a local, state and national level, and opportunities for enhanced awareness and education to the general public and educational institutions.

Executive Director Diane Winn has been an avian rehabilitator since 1997. She and Marc Payne incorporated Avian Haven as a nonprofit organization in 1999. She has given numerous conference presentations and has published several articles on various aspects of rehabilitation. Earlier in her career, Diane was a professor of psychology at Colby College.

The talk is free and open to the public. The Belfast Free Library is located at 106 High St., Belfast, Maine. For more information, visitBelfast Garden Club, e-mail belfastgardenclub@gmail.com or phone Corliss Davis at 207-930-3562.

Beauty and Terror, cut paper on Plexiglass, 30 x 44 inches, by Maryjean Viano Crowe

Beauty and Terror, cut paper on Plexiglass, 30 x 44 inches, by Maryjean Viano Crowe

Paper Show at Aarhus Gallery

Please join Aarhus Gallery for a show entitled Paper, which runs from April 3 through April 27 with an opening reception on Friday, April 5, 5-8 pm.

Paper ... plentiful, prosaic, powerful. The Paper show is composed of artworks that speak of paper, including works on paper, works about paper and works made of paper.

The earliest known use of paper, unearthed in China, is the wrapping paper for a delicate bronze mirror from about 180 B.C. But paper as we know it was not used by the common person till after the 1840s, when mass-produced wood-pulp paper, the steam-powered printing press, the fountain pen and the pencil came into being at about the same time. These technological advances caused ground-shaking shifts in the 19th-century economy and societies of the world's industrial nations. Paper enabled the common people to express themselves; consider a child's scribbled family likeness on a piece of newsprint, a quick sketch of a problem solved on the back of an envelope, or a starkly poetic paper cut.

Featured artists include: Daniel Anselmi, Constance Cossette, Maryjean Crowe, David Estey, Mark Kelly, Bennett Konesni, Karen MacDonald, Richard Mann, Leslie Miller, Ben Potter, Abbie Read, Wesley Reddick, Willy Reddick, Dyan Ross and Kari Van Tine.

Aarhus Gallery, 50 Main St, Belfast, operating under winter hours, is open February-May, Thursday-Sunday, 11 am-5:30 pm. For more information, phone 207-338-0001 or visit Aarhus Gallery, where a slide show of the current works is available.

Walter Ungerer, experimental filmmaker

Walter Ungerer, experimental filmmaker

Walter Ungerer, Experimental Filmmaker at Aarhus Gallery

Aarhus Gallery will present an evening of experimental film with Camden filmmaker Walter Ungerer on Saturday, April 26 at 7:30 pm, with a discussion after the show. Admission is sliding scale $5.00-$10.00 with light refreshments.

Walter Ungerer was born in 1935 in Harlem, New York. He is a longtime filmmaker with an international reputation. Beginning with the New York City underground film scene in the early 1960s, Walter continues with his experimental short films, videos and features to this day.

With fifty years of filmmaking, video, computer and media experience, Walter Ungerer's works have been well received at festivals and competitions throughout the world, including the Florence International Film Festival; the Tours International Film Festival, France; the Athens International Film Festival (Best Feature Film); and the Atlantic Film and Video Festival, NS, Canada (Critics' Choice Award). He has been honored with special exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City and the Filmmuseum in Amsterdam. He has also received an American Film Institute Independent Filmmaker grant and a National Endowment for the Arts Media grant.

Walter's methods have changed somewhat since his early years of filmmaking. At the end of the twentieth century he made the transition to computer editing systems and dslr cameras. Nonetheless, he still relies on an intuitive approach to decision making with a predilection for the themes of nature, earth, the unknown and unknowable.

Untitled, monoprint by James Wolfe

Untitled, monoprint by James Wolfe

Print Show Opening at Waterfall Arts

Artists from around the state have responded to Waterfall Arts' annual open call for handmade prints; the exhibit will open on Friday, April 4 with a reception from 5 to 8 pm. All are welcome to attend, meet the artists and enjoy the variety of printmaking techniques and distinctive content on display. Many local artists have work in the show including Ben Potter, Dina Petrillo, Petrea Noyes, Russell Kahn, Tara Law, Bob Richardson, Abbie Read, Carol Sloane, Jeff Jelenfy, Betsey Feeley and others. Students from Unity College, Belfast and Camden schools also submitted work for exhibition.

Printmaking was chosen as the focus for the open call show this year to celebrate the opening of Waterfall Arts' new printmaking studio. The studio, complete with two presses and all the necessary equipment for printing etchings, monoprints, woodblocks, linocuts, screen prints and engravings, was made possible through the generosity of the Ethel and W. George Kennedy Family Foundation. Classes and workshops in different printing techniques are ongoing; open studio time is also available.

The Print Show is supported by Front Street Shipyard. Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High St. in Belfast and offers art classes and workshops, studio rentals, cutting-edge exhibitions, art-related events and rentals for meetings or one-time events. Gallery and office hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm and by appointment. For more information, visit Waterfall Arts or phone the office at 207-338-2222.

Fool/jester image from Waterfall Arts

Fool/jester image from Waterfall Arts

Poets and Fools Costume Party and Dance at Waterfall Arts

Waterfall Arts' annual Poets and Fools Costume Party and Dance will be held on Friday, April 11. The party begins at 7 pm with a lively variety show with poets, story tellers, musicians, performers and a mysterious MC; followed by a costume contest with celebrity judges and prizes, a raffle for a stay at an island cabin on a lake, lots of happy fools, a cash bar, dance music by Merther, a reggae band from Blue Hill, refreshments, fun and friends. All are invited to attend; wear a costume if you like and celebrate April (the cruelest month, according to T.S. Eliot), community, poetry and creativity.

Admission to the fundraiser for Waterfall Arts programs is $8.00 at the door. Poets and Fools is generously sponsored by Michelle Morrow DMD, Marshall Wharf Brewery, Fiddlehead Artisan Supply, Tattoos by Erik Jones and Eat More Cheese, all located in Belfast.

Waterfall Arts, located at 256 High St. in Belfast, is a non-profit dedicated to creating community in harmony with nature through the transformative power of the arts. Office and gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm and by appointment. For more information, visit Waterfall Arts or phone the office at 207-338-2222.

Henry Road

Henry Road

Henry Road with Caller Nils Fredland at Belfast Flying Shoes

On April 4, Nils Fredland will be calling dances, with music by the band Henry Road, at the American Legion Post #43 in Belfast, 143 Church St. Sound provided by Eric Weest Johnson.

Henry Road will provide their usual flair/energy/pizzazz and their traditional dance tunes. Musicians John Pranio and Toki Oshima used to play in Calliope, Ted Sannella's house band, and they still organize the 4th Friday North Whitefield series. Jamie Oshima -- the teen of the group, a regular BFS dancer and volunteer hall sweeper -- will trade his dance shoes for foot percussion and dust mop for guitar/piano/bass. Glen Loper, on mandolin, is a longtime BFS favorite. He's also on staff at Maine Fiddle Camp. (John is too.)

Trombone player and singer Nils Fredland is one of the busiest and most sought-after callers in the business. He has been calling dances with admirable skill and infectious energy since 2000.

The evening begins at 6:30 pm with a community dance led by Chrissy Fowler and music by the All-Comers Band, led by Phyllis Buchanan and Jennifer Armstrong. Fun and simple dances will be taught, and both beginner and experienced dancers are encouraged to brush up on and learn new skills. All musicians are welcome to sit in.

The contra dance begins at 8 pm and runs till around 11 pm. Admission for the community dance is $2.00 for adults and $1.00 for children. For the contras, the price is $10.00 for adults over age 20), $7.00 for those aged 13 to 20 as well as adult All-Comers, and $4.00 for children. As always, $1.00 off admission for every box fan you bring for the windows. For more information, call Chrissy at 207-338-0979 or visit Belfast Flying Shoes.

Bumblebee on milkweed, photograph by Amy Campbell

Bumblebee on milkweed, photograph by Amy Campbell

April 2014 Belfast Co-op Events

Featured Artist: Amy Campbell

Amy Campbell, a committed advocate for native bees and other flower-foraging insects, is a Master Gardener and photographer who keeps honeybees in Rockport. Her photographic exhibit, on view in the Co-op Cafe from late March through late April, captures intimate views of native pollinators, primarily native bees, busy at work on flowers in bloom.

Round Up for Community Recipients

April 1-14: Maine Federation of Farmers' Markets
April 15-31: Island Institute

Senior Discount Day

Every Tuesday, Belfast Co-op customers 62 years young and up receive a discount upon informing the cashier of their eligibility. Co-op member-owners receive a 10% discount; non-member-owners 5%.

Bees and Flowers: A Garden Partnership

Tuesday, April 1, 6:30 pm, Belfast Free Library, 106 High St.: Free illustrated presentation with Amy Campbell, a committed advocate for native bees and other flower-foraging insects. She'll discuss simple ways to identify some of our native pollinators, why they are important, and ways to help them survive and thrive. Co-sponsored by the Belfast Free Library and the Belfast Co-op. Catalogs will first become available at this event for the annual organic native perennial sale the Co-op coordinates with Rebel Hill Farm. They will then be available both in-store and online through Belfast Co-op Store.

Genetic Roulette Screening

Tuesday, April 8, 6 pm, Belfast Free Library, 106 High St.: Free screening of Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives. Evidence points to genetically engineered foods as a major contributor to rising disease rates in the U.S., especially among children. Gastrointestinal disorders, allergies, inflammatory diseases, and infertility are just some of the problems implicated in humans, pets, livestock and lab animals that eat genetically modified soybeans and corn. Post-film discussion with Logan Perkins, coordinator for MOFGA's successful Right-To-Know GMO labeling campaign. Sponsored by the Belfast Free Library and the Belfast Co-op.

Guided Store Tour

Saturday, April 19, 10 am, Belfast Co-op, 123 High St.: Meet near the Co-op entrance for guided store tours (every third Saturday of the month) which highlight the benefits of joining the Co-op and how to take best advantage of shopping here. All are welcome!

Easter (Sunday, April 20): Co-op Closed

Love LOCAL Day

Friday, April 25: Fedco Seeds of Waterville will provide free product samples; lunch special highlighting local ingredients, 10% off ALL Maine-made products throughout the day.

Wine Tasting and Art Opening

Friday, April 25, 7-9 pm, Belfast Cafe: Free wine tasting of highlighted seasonal wines and art opening. Featured wines will be 10% off during the tasting; participants must be 21 years of age or older to attend.

American Meat Screening

Tuesday, April 29, 6 pm, Belfast Free Library, 106 High St.: Free screening of American Meat, a pro-farmer look at chicken, hog and cattle production in the U.S. A new generation of grass-based farmers are sparking a revolution, but can they actually feed the U.S.? Post-film discussion with local grass-based farmers, moderated by Diane Schivera, MOFGA's organic livestock specialist. Sponsors: MOFGA, Belfast Free Library, Belfast Co-op.

For more information about Belfast Co-op events, please visit Belfast Co-op Store.

Troy, midcoast Maine's friendly UPS man

Troy, midcoast Maine's friendly UPS man

Our Shipping Policy

Even though our Web site is not designed with a shopping cart, we will happily ship anything to you.

At this time, we only ask for the exact cost of the shipping; there is no handling charge.

By the way, the man in the photo is our well-loved UPS deliveryman. He is always smiling and happy, even when hauling heavy boxes down the stairs. (He must be a secret wannabe knitter.)

Yarn customers browsing inside our shop

Inside our shop, with yarn lovers examining a tempting skein.